It's Going to Be Totally Different

The 2014 Red Wolves struggled up front on defense, plagued by depth and experience problems. 2015 looks to be much different.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves will have a defensive front in 2015.

That was not often the case in 2014, especially in the last half of the season.

A big turnaround came with the addition of junior college transfers Jake Swalley, Waylon Roberson, and UAB transfer Robert Mondie and the addition of redshirt freshman Marcus Hudson has changed everything.

"It's been a good spring," said defensive line coach Brian Early. "We've had a lot of good competition. We have a couple who have been dinged up and we didn't have Javon Rolland-Jones and Chuks Ota has been out some but it's been good.

"The new guys have done well. They have done all we have asked of them. We have some different bodies. "

Roberson, at 340, and the 300-pound Mondie, the older brother of A-State offensive lineman Devin Mondie, are new life at nose guard along with Ota and Hudson, who was ruled ineligible for games last season but we eligible to practice,

Roberson is hard to move," said Early. "And Mondie has been running first team. He has been a pleasant surprise. A lot of quality reps. Swalley plays the 3-technique and he just keeps getting better and better. He has good pad level and has a good motor.

"It's going to be totally different."

The arrival of new players has allowed some player movement.

"Good competition.," said coach Blake Anderson. " We kinda have 1A and 1B. Not a huge difference between those."

"You slide Rosser and Odom outside and they are doing better out there. They are more comfortable. With the big bodies inside. Really a mix of five or six guys all giving us good snaps. Chuks will be back in the mix on Monday. Swalley at one spot and Waylon Roberson and Marcus Hudson. Those guys are really doing well. To have had limited snaps with us they have really made an impact. The more snaps they get , the more they understand the tempo we are going to go, the better we are going to be up there."

Another move has been taking redshirt sophomore Jonah Hill back to tight end. He made the move to defensive end last spring.

Early added senior end Chris Stone has also had a strong spring.

The Red Wolves wrap up drills this week. There is a scheduled practice on Wednesday and the spring game is Friday night at 6 at the stadium.